Associations between fitness tests and the International Physical Activity Questionnaire – Short Form in healthy men
Journal of Strength & Conditioning Research:
POST ACCEPTANCE, 8 March 2013
The objective of this study was to evaluate the relationship between the components of health-related fitness (flexibility, muscular strength and endurance, and cardiorespiratory) with the outcomes of short version of International Physical Activity Questionnaire (IPAQ-SF).
Four-hundred and eight healthy men (aged 21-43 years)answered the IPAQ-SF and performed following tests: sit-and-reach, hand grip dynamometer,sit-ups and push-ups, and 20-m shuttle run test.
The weekly energy expenditure expressed in metabolic equivalent task minutes per week (METs min/wk) from all IPAQ-SF categories showed a significant association with the flexibility (p < 0.05) and the cardiorespiratory fitness (p < 0.05).
The METs min/wk of vigorous-intensity physical activity (PA) and total PA score were significantly correlated with upper-body muscular endurance (p < 0.05).
In addition, 44% (n = 176) subjects presented high PA level and showed greater flexibility, upper-body muscular endurance, and cardiorespiratory fitness than subjects who presented moderate and low PA levels (p < 0.05).
In conclusion, IPAQ-SF’s outcomes reflect not only association with the cardiorespiratory fitness, but also the flexibility and the upper body muscular endurance.